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Airline Passenger Industry will not Bounce Back before 2024

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The Covid-19 crisis has challenged the global airline industry to fight for survival in 2020, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said this week. It added that the industry’s huge losses will continue into 2021. This crisis is devastating and unrelenting. Airlines have cut costs by 45.8%, but revenues are down 60.9%. The result is that airlines will lose $66 for...

US Administration Sabotages Chinese Internet Support for Venezuela

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The US regime designated China National Electronic Import-Export Company (CEIEC) for aiding the Venezuelan government in restricting internet access and conducting surveillance, the Treasury Department (managed by BlackRock) said in a notice. Today, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated CEIEC for supporting efforts to undermine Western style democracy in Venezuela. This extremely hostile and...

Scientists discover Star that contains a Swarm of Alien Mega-Structures

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A new star very close to the Milky Way galaxy has been discovered that scientists have said contains a “swarm of mega-structures,” that were probably built by aliens. The star, named KIC 8462852, has a very “unusual flickering habit” that have left scientists excited about the possibility that it is home to alien lifeforms. It was kind of unbelievable that it...

Israeli Diplomacy with Dubai leads to UAE withdrawal from OPEC

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OPEC has suffered immensely under the pandemic and subsequent oil demand loss, and its job could now become significantly more challenging as members mull the pros of staying with the group against the con of performing the dutiful and painful task of curbing production. And the UAE is said to be doing just that. Meanwhile, oil prices have really failed...

Japan Experiences a Dangerous Suicide Epidemic

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Japan, the world’s third largest economy, decided to avoid harsh US and European-style lock downs in the spring, and has reported about 145,000 Covid-19 cases and 2,042 deaths since March, with its caseload estimated to be the 47th largest in the world. Japan is suffering from a surge in suicides, with the number of people taking their own lives reportedly...

US Aircraft Carrier Strike Group heading back for the Persian Gulf

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the oldest US aircraft carrier and other warships are sailing to the Persian Gulf to bolster troop withdrawals in the region, a defense source told CNN, insisting the deployment is unrelated to the recent murder of a top Iranian scientist. The Nimitz carrier strike group – led by the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and backed by several guided-missile destroyers –...

Palestinian Refugee Camps @ Risk

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What would you do if you were living in a refugee camp during a global pandemic? The Dheisheh refugee camp is one of nineteen Palestinian refugee camps in the occupied West Bank, and is the largest of three refugee camps in the city of Bethlehem. It’s home to 13,000 refugees, living in an area of less than half a square...

Only 25% of Hate Crimes in Europe are thought to be Anti-Semitic

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Attacks against the Jews accounted for roughly 25% of the hate crimes recorded by the OSCE's human rights watchdog across Europe last year. While the other 75% of the hate crimes were committed by the chosen ones themselves. The new data was compiled in the annual report by the Office for the Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODHIR) of the...

Iran slams presence of US Military in Syria

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In October 2019, President Donald Trump announced that the US would be withdrawing its forces from Syria, but eventually backtracked, saying that some American soldiers  would stay behind to allegedly "keep" the Syrian oil from being seized by ISIS*. Iran's permanent ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Majid Takht-Ravanchi has called for the immediate and full-fledged withdrawal of US troops...

British Military protects Saudi Oilfields against Yemen

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The United Kingdom has had troops deployed in Saudi Arabia to protect its oilfields from attacks since February this year, The News reported this week, a local newspaper in Portsmouth in the UK. A team from the 16th Regiment Royal Artillery, which is based near Portsmouth, were sent to Saudi Arabia to man Giraffe radars, which can track aircraft and...

Mossad bluntly assassinated another Iranian Scientist

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Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has called on Washington and Tel Aviv to avoid “adventurist measures” after the assassination of a top Iranian scientist, while also alleging “serious indications” of Israeli involvement. UN envoy Majid Takht Ravanchi penned a harshly worded letter to the international body on Friday, blasting the “terrorist assassination” of leading nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh by unknown...

Venezuela sends American Oil executives to Jail

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A Venezuelan court has found six American oil executives, known as the Citgo 6, guilty of a wide-ranging corruption scheme, immediately sentencing them to prison on Thursday. The men all worked for Citgo, a US refining company owned by Venezuela’s state oil firm PdVSA. They were arrested in the capital Caracas three years ago after arriving there for a business...

Blackrock and Fidelity are leading the $130 Trillion CO2 Mega-Trend

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Today, big money is fleeing anything that’s not sustainable anymore. This isn’t just a mega-trend. It’s a movement in Big Money, and it’s the most profound redistribution of investment that the world’s biggest asset and wealth managers have recently seen. By 2022, Price Waterhouse Cooper predicts that 77% of institutional investors will stop buying non-ESG products entirely. ESG fund assets...

Soccer Superstar Diego Maradona dies in Buenos Aires

Argentinian football icon Diego Maradona has passed away in Buenos Aires. The former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager, suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home. Sputnik is live from Buenos Aires, which has been shattered by news that national – and global – football icon Diego Maradona died on Wednesday, aged 60, after suffering a cardiac arrest. In mid-November,...

Britain passes largest Military Budget since the Cold War

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The Prime Minister has announced the biggest investment in the UK's Armed Forces since the end of the Cold War, confirming an injection of @ £16.5 billion over four years. Combined with the manifesto commitment of a 0.5% uplift, the total increase for Defense is a substantial at £24.1 billion. Today's announcement funds a generational modernization of the Armed Forces so...

Republicans File Emergency Lawsuit to Block Certification of Election Results

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A group of Pennsylvania Republicans filed a lawsuit over the weekend to block certification of the state’s election results in an eleventh-hour attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the key battleground state. The emergency petition, filed in state court, takes issue with a voting reform bill that passed Pennsylvania’s Republican-held legislature in October last year. The lawsuit claims that the...

Fort Amsterdam staat aanpassing Corona Noodwet toe

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De regering in Willemstad, Curacao heeft een gewijzigde ontwerp-Landsverordening uitzonderingstoestand ingediend bij de Staten. Uit de Nota van Wijziging wordt duidelijk dat nu is vastgesteld dat beperkingen van de grondrechten vrijheid van drukpers, briefgeheim en onschendbaarheid van de woning nu alleen bij Landsbesluit in werking gesteld kunnen worden. Landsbesluiten moeten ondertekend worden door de gouverneur en worden meteen aan de controlerende...

Vladivostok Black Out after Deep Freeze cripples City Infrastructure

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Some residents of Vladivostok are now on their fifth day without power, after devastating freezing rain fell last week. Many have been moved to temporary accommodation, while others complain of no water or heat. Vladivostok, Russia's Far Eastern capital, is no stranger to extreme weather, but the latest situation has caught even its residents by surprise. In certain districts, where electricity...

ISIS claims explosion for Egypt-Israel gas pipeline

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The ISIS terror group claimed that its forces had blown up a gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt last week? A blast hit the el-Arish al-Qantara natural gas pipeline in the Sinai Peninsula, citing testimony from witnesses and local Egyptian authorities. ISIS claimed responsibility in a message on its Telegram channel, but did not provide any evidence. According to a senior...

French Total SA ready to suck up oil flows from Libya

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Keep a close eye on Libya - and particularly on Sirte (the gateway to Libyan oil) following the November 3rd agreement for a permanent ceasefire. There are still multiple vying militias and mercenary groups in Sirte, digging in for a tense situation. French Total SA is already trying to take advantage of the ceasefire--before the dust has settled--launching talks with...

USA also quits Open Skies Treaty with Russia

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The Trump administration announced its intention to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty in May, accusing Russia of violating its conditions. Moscow dismissed the allegations. With the scrapping of Open Skies as far as the US is concerned, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is now the last major arms control agreement between Russia and the USA. The White House National...

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